DORCHESTER Town boss Steve Thompson admits he is still getting used to the “idiosyncrasies” that come with managing a new club.

Magpies’ manager Thompson is over a fortnight into his new role and feels the job is a “different level” in his coaching career and has been made to feel “very welcome” at the Avenue Stadium.

He said: “People have made me feel very welcome, I’m pleased with that. It’s a different level for me. I’m learning as the players are learning.

“I’ve always coached or managed at League One, Two or National League.

“So I have to get used to a few idiosyncrasies like people being on holiday in the football season and things, which knocks you back after you’ve been out of that for a long time.”

But the Magpies’ man is looking to draw on non-League experience built up as a player in his quest to take Dorchester forwards.

“When I first started off I was at that level as a player. When I left Bristol City I went and played at this level or even below, actually, before I got back into the pro game. It’s hard to remember that long ago!

“I only joined Yeovil as a player at 35 so the Yeovil fans certainly didn’t see me at my best as a player but they saw someone who was still very, very fit and could play first-team football up to nearly 40,” he said.

Thompson also revealed his satisfaction with the work put in by his players since joining the county town club.

He said: “I’m very pleased with the effort. I’ve got to find a balance between having more energy, which I think we have shown in the games, and getting a bit more quality. There’s a lot of work to be done on that.

“When I look at training it will be a quality session because I think the boys have put in everything (against Salisbury) even though it was a disappointing first 25.

“They’ll need something in their legs for Saturday, so it will be about a little bit of quality and a little bit of coaching.

“There will be times when I can get fitness into them if games are called off or things like that, but certainly going into Hereford on Saturday we will need to be fresh.”